Wow! Great ideas! I will defenitly consider. Thank you for the suggestions and the links. I did recently see a picture of someone doing the newpaper thing on a blog that someone from this site has and I was wondering what that was about. And, I will defenitly check out that link.
What I ended up doing this year was the ol' fashion way, then let certain areas go to pot (no pun intended) that weren't producing or were a bare area that I had left open anyway. Worked out pretty good, as I am defenitly producing now.
I am hesitant to do the mulch, as I know that can sometimes get moldy. Not sure if I want that around the garden. But, maybe that's only if it's been on the ground for a while. I use rocks with my "regular" flowers (flower beds) for this reason. Either way, next year, I'll probably give your suggestions a whirl. Thanks a bunch!
Hi there! I read that weeds thrive in poor soil (soil depleted of nutrients and/or soil that's just plain hard and in need of major digging); their roots break up the dirt and add vitamins to the area. So if you have a whole lot of weeds, you might want to consider adding some compost to your garden, since this is your first year working with that soil, and also growing some nitrogen-rich things like beans to improve the area. Also try grouping plants closer together so they create a "living canopy" that naturally blocks out any areas where weeds can grow. Right now, I'm letting zucchini and cucumber vines creep throughout my garden beds to cover up the blank spaces, and voila! there are no weeds under those leaves.
I use my own two hands, it's all part of loving nature and becomming rejuvinated by receiving th love mother earth has to offer your soul once you accept her (meaning the whole organic gardening process).
I have a great time rejuvinating myself picking the weeds. Yeah, mine come up with a whole army. I keep my methods the most organic I can. It's better for our health and better for mother earth.